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Characteristics and trends in the public library data service 2011 statistical report

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Varvel, V. E. Jr. (2011, September/October). Characteristics and trends in the public library data service 2011 statistical report. Public Libraries, 50(5) 28-37.

Publication Abstract

The Public Library Data Service (PLDS) is an annual survey conducted on behalf of the Public Library Association (PLA) where public libraries from the United States and Canada provide information on finances, library resources, annual use figures, technology, and additional yearly special categories. Access to timely, accurate, and relevant data is an essential component for public libraries for comparative analysis and to validate administrative functions. The PLDS has been providing such data to the library community since 1988. The raw results and some summary data of this survey are published by PLA as an online subscription longitudinal database containing six years of data and as yearly print reports (www.pla.org). Rather than duplicating results available directly in that report, this recurring paper presents trends and insights across the data and across population groups.